CBC shutting down Grand Falls-Windsor building
No jobs or programming cut in consolidation to Gander
CBC is consolidating its presence in central Newfoundland, in a decision that will close its operation in Grand Falls-Windsor and move editorial employees to Gander.
The public broadcaster said it intends to save money by selling its buildings in Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander, and moving staff to leased space in the Gander Mall.
Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Al Hawkins said the closure in his town is shocking and makes no sense, and will be fought.
"I've been about three years behind the scenes voicing my opinion and trying to get the correct information out, and obviously that didn't work, and so now obviously there will certainly be a campaign," Hawkins said.
The Grand Falls-Windsor operation still has a licence to operate as a radio station, although radio staff contribute to the Central Morning Show, which is currently hosted from Gander.
Three editorial staff will be offered transfers to Gander.
Andrew Cochran, CBC's Atlantic regional manager, said there is more space than needed in the two buildings, which together have almost 8,000 square feet.
"The buildings that we have are buildings that were built for a different time in the CBC," Cochran said.
"Right now, we have about — actually the numbers are about five times more space than we need between the two buildings," he said.
The leased space will have about 1,500 square feet.
CBC staff were told that a key factor in the decision was to offer high public visibility in the new space.
The move follows a trend in other locations, including Corner Brook, where a building was sold with staff moved to leased space in a shopping centre.
Two transmission employees will remain in Grand Falls-Windsor. Their working space has not yet been identified.
The move is expected to happen by early summer.